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Wednesday 14 October 2015

Lone Survivor an Oscar contender?

Published 05/06/2013

Taylor Kitsch plays a Navy officer in Lone Survivor
Taylor Kitsch plays a Navy officer in Lone Survivor

Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg's war drama Lone Survivor is being released in time for the 2014 Oscars.

The film, which stars Taylor and Mark as US Naval officers, has been pushed forward to an American release date of December 27, which would allow it to qualify for the Academy Awards, reported Deadline.

Lone Survivor will then be rolled out across the States on January 10, and in the UK on February 21.

Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch make up the rest of the US Navy SEAL team, who battled to stay alive after being captured and ambushed by enemy forces in Afghanistan during an ill-fated undercover mission to take down a Taliban agent.

Based on Mark's character Marcus Luttrell's New York Times best-seller Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of SEAL Team 10, the film is directed by Peter Berg, who previously worked with Taylor on Battleship.

Taylor has admitted he feels "real pressure" to do justice to the real Michael Murphy with his performance.

"I'm excited and honoured to play Mike Murphy. He's arguably one of the most honourable guys that has ever served," he said.

"They named a destroyer after him, he has a congratulatory medal of honour. He basically gave his life up for the other three. It's an incredible role."

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